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Seven UI faculty members receive Instructional Improvement Awards
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Seven UI faculty members have received Instructional
Improvement Awards from the Council on Teaching. The funding supports instructional
projects designed to make exceptional and specific contributions to in-class
This year's recipients are:
--Ann Budd and Gilbert Klapper, geology, "Developing and
integrating a model WW (Web) site into the geology GER curriculum;"
to develop a Web site for the geology General Education Program course
Evolution and the History of Life, which will integrate materials associated
with lecture, lab, and discussion components of the course; provide on-line
laboratory exercises and links to museum and fossil Web sites; and give
general course information, announcements, and a communication forum for
students, professors, and teaching assistants. The Web site will be the
first of its kind and scope in the geology General Education Program curriculum.
--Alison Ford, theatre arts, "Sound Design 2-Digital audio
technology;" to acquire a digital audio workstation, which would enable
a sound designer to conceive, produce, and edit sound environments with
a greater level of sophistication than current equipment allows. The addition
of digital technology would be the catalyst for offering the course Sound
Design 2 on a regular basis.
--Jed Hand, preventive and community dentistry, "Development
of a CD-ROM-based oral soft tissue examination simulation;" to expand
an existing computer-based simulated oral soft tissue examination technology
and provide students with a realistic method of practicing the detection
and diagnosis of oral soft tissue lesions. The current technology, designed
for calibration of dentist-examiners, would be adapted to CD-ROM, modified
to present a variety of stages of common and important soft tissue lesions,
and expanded to provide expert feedback to students.
--Takis Poulakos, rhetoric, "Speaking instruction for the GER
rhetoric course;" to create a comprehensive package of materials
to guide beginning rhetoric instructors with the teaching of public speaking
in the basic rhetoric course. The materials will be included on a CD-ROM
to be produced by Second Look team members.
--Susan Murty, social work, "The West Liberty Project;"
the project's goals are to improve the cultural competence of the curriculum
and instruction at the School of Social Work; to improve faculty cultural
competence; and to create opportunities for students to work with diverse
populations. The project's focus is West Liberty, Iowa, a community with
rural and Latino populations.
--Keith Stroyan, mathematics, "Multivariable calculus
and interactive graphics;" the department of mathematics recently
developed a unified plan for instructional computing that involves moving
course computing to a workstation network based on a studio classroom.
While off-site tutoring will use low-end, personally owned and generic
ITC machines, a unified approach to scientific computing that begins with
calculus offers the most promise in training students as they progress
through math courses to professional or graduate work.